Sondra Roeuny is the proud daughter of courageous refugees who escaped the Khmer Rouge genocide. She attributes her opportunities and achievements to her mother’s sacrifices and unconditional love and support in the face of adversity.
As the first person in her family to receive and benefit from having any formal education, Sondra remains relentless in her efforts to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for others. Her commitment to educational equity and access started early on in her life. As an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, she co-founded the first Southeast Asian Student Coalition, a student organization committed to advocating for and serving the needs of the Southeast Asian American community. Also, as a community activist and leader in Stockton, Sondra has volunteered her time with numerous non-profit organizations that serve underprivileged communities. Currently, Sondra is part of the senior fellows network of the Great Valley Center’s American Leadership Forum, an organization dedicated to bringing together diverse leaders to address regional community change.
More recently, Sondra received an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Graduate School of Education in Workplace Leadership and Learning. Prior to attending Penn, for twelve years, Sondra worked for University of the Pacific, holding various positions, including serving as the assistant vice president for business and finance. She earned a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in public policy, with a concentration in internal and financial management. Sondra received a bachelor’s degree in social welfare with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sondra lives in Stockton with her two-year old son and when time permits, Sondra enjoys trekking through ancient temples and ruins. Her most recent trip took her to the jungles and ruins of Belize and Guatemala.